Marion County RECORD
Vol. 148 , No. 42
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Marion, KS 66861
UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
Algae warning elevated at lake, lessened at reservoir
Although still open, both Marion Reservoir and Marion County Lake will continue under blue-green algae advisories through July 20. The advisory level for the county lake, which had been under a less-significant watch, was elevated Thursday to a warning.
Abuse case takes 3 years; allegations include killing dog in front of child
Charges against a Hillsboro man accused of multiple counts of abuse, including killing the family dog in front of his child, have taken three years to make it to court because of investigative and prosecutorial delays. The man was never taken into custody during that time.
Ammonia scare quickly averted
A slight tightening of a valve was all that was needed to stop a potentially toxic ammonia leak that drew multiple emergency responders to Lincolnville late Saturday. After a series of callers noticed the pungent smell of ammonia coming from a battery of six nurse tanks that farmers use to apply anhydrous ammonia, a gaseous form of nitrogen, Lincolnville firefighters, Tampa ambulance, a sheriff’s deputy, and the county emergency management director were dispatched to the Agri Trails nurse tanks east of Lincolnville.
Shellshocked: an egg inside an egg
It was the sort of scene idyllic country life is known for — a grandmother and her young granddaughter in a kitchen baking together. But at the county lake home of Rachel and Marion Toland, the scene changed at the crack of an egg from idyllic to bizarre.
Keeping their cool: Workers swelter; commissioners delay
County planning and zoning employees have taken to working in two storage rooms in the back of the Bowron Building at Main and 3rd Sts. since the air conditioning gave out this spring. County commissioners have several times considered spending $7,000 to replace the air conditioner but have continually put off a decision.
Editorial on spending stuns commissioners
County commissioners were stunned Monday by an editorial in last week’s issue of this paper detailing purchases made at county expense. One member of the public came to Monday’s meeting to have his say on the subject.
County lake club seeks to make improvements
Marion County Park and Lake residents are raising money to make improvements, including replacing wooden benches at concrete picnic tables. Donna Kaiser, co-president of Chat and Dine Club, said the group began discussions a couple of months ago.
County settles with former employee
County commissioners Monday approved a $2,700 settlement of a discrimination complaint filed by a former employee of the county clerk’s office. Tena Lundgren worked in the office for 11 months of 2014. Afterward, she complained to the Kansas Human Rights Commission about the conditions of her employment.
Marion school board split over sponsors
Closed-door debate that consumed more than half of Monday night’s meeting of the Marion-Florence school board resulted in a unexplained split vote on a slate of 68 coaches and activity sponsors for the coming school year. No displeasure with any of the proposed assignments was voiced during the 23 minutes in which the board met in public.
Centre kids to see eclipse
Centre students in grades 7 through 12 will travel to Hiawatha High School on Aug. 21 to view a total solar eclipse. The path of the moon’s shadow, or “path of totality,” will cross directly over extreme northeastern Kansas. The path of this rare total eclipse, 60 to 70 miles wide, will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina.
County group's pitch falls flat in Hillsboro
Hillsboro won’t give $44,500 to the new county economic development corporation until someone can spell out how the money will be used and how the city would benefit. “They don’t want to just throw money in a pot and say, ‘It’s there; go do what you want with it,’” city administrator Larry Paine said after a council meeting last week.
Building to destroy: That's the craft of demo derby veteran
“It’s a different kind of feeling when you know you are going to be in a crash.” That’s how Jason Hamm describes his career as a demolition derby competitor. He was 16 years old, when he competed for the first time in 1993.
Off to see the Whizzer: Enthusiast revives antique two-wheeled hybrid
Hovering somewhere between a bicycle and a motorcycle, Joe Bartel’s late 1940s Whizzer motorbike is a rustic relic of a bygone era. “The amazing thing about it is that it still exists,” Bartle said. “It survived a whole lot of kids tearing it up.
A funeral Mass for homemaker and newspaper carrier Isabella Bezdek, 89, who died Friday at home in Hillsboro, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Marion, preceded by recitation of the Rosary at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Marion Cemetery. She was born June 8, 1928, to Norman and Hilda (Pigorsch) Graham, moved to Kansas around 1940, and graduated from Chapman High School.
Lawrence Foose, 90, Cedar Point, died Tuesday at his home. He retired after 45 years as a heavy equipment operator for Santa Fe Railroad. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Matfield Green Cemetery.
Services for James Robert “Jimmy” Silhan, 56, of Salina, who died July 2, were Saturday in Salina. He was born Feb. 13, 1961, to Robert and Juanita (Dowe) Silhan in Pilsen.
An agenda for Marion County
A week and a half ago, veteran journalist “Buzz” Merritt came to Marion to talk about the First Amendment. As a registered Republican (albeit not one of “those” Republicans), I’ll overlook that his visit was sponsored by county Democrats. Some of my best friends are Democrats, just other misguided friends actually root for K-State and teams other than the Green Bay Packers. As even a part-time resident, however, I dare not overlook his message. Nor should you. Democracy works best when everyone is engaged, and part of any real newspaper’s duty is to foster public engagement. That means, as county clerk Tina Spencer suggests in a well-written letter this week, that when you read about suspicious purchases by county employees, you should check them out. Her generous offer to help should be accepted by any and all who might question why county employees need so many cell phones, buy potting soil and seat upgrades at county expense, and drink costly bottled water that the county pays for.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
Root of the problem
Taelyn Pagel article
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Where have all the gardeners gone?
From St. Luke kitchen to teaching in Malaysia
Nathan Ensz, who works in the kitchen at St. Luke Hospital in Marion, arrived with diplomas from Goessel High, Notre Dame College in Ohio, and Newcastle University in northeast England. Now Ensz is about to get another kind of education, moving to Malaysia to begin a career teaching English at University College Sedaya International in Kuala Lampur.
Hett matron entertains holiday guests
Fourth of July guests of Jackie Hett were Melissa O’Sullivan of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Erica Demeritt, Kai, Ari, and Indi of Rosewell, Georgia. They all visited Larry and Melanie Ensey on their ranch, where they were joined by Jared and Kathy Ensey, Julia, Elise, Aaron, and Daniel, Valley Center; Jeff and Laura Ensey, Zeke and Elisabeth of Marion; Jeremy and Tammy Ensey, Peyton, Paige, and Aleree, also of Marion; and Laura’s mom, Jane.
Reception to honor 100th birthday
The family of Peabody resident Sadie Decker will celebrate her 100th birthday with an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Peabody Senior Center, 106 N. Walnut St.
125 years ago
Patrons celebrate Fourth of July
SCHOOL AND SPORTS
Peabody wins Marion meet
Peabody Super Swimmers easily outdistanced Marion and two other teams at a meet Saturday in Marion. The host Marion Swim Team finished third, behind Abilene and ahead of Soloman.
College degrees and honors
Free movies to screen at library
Free PG movies will be shown at 2:30 p.m. today and July 19 at Marion City Library. The library contractually cannot release the films’ names. However, today’s movie involves a high school student named Tripp who befriends an otherworldly creature that crawls inside his pickup truck and acts as a supercharged engine, as Tripp and the monster team up to stop an evil oil company from wreaking havoc on their town.
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